Post by deliasfanatic on Jun 14, 2017 18:09:45 GMT
The formerly monotypic genus Anaeomorpha, comprising the striking species splendida (itself containing the subspecies esmeralda) has been expanded to include a new species, mirifica, from West Ecuador.
Here's a link to the open-access paper, published on 26 May 2017:
The species is described from only one specimen, but DNA research has given the authors reason to give it species status, rather than describing it as another subspecies of splendida. The paper is interesting and includes good illustrations.
Post by deliasfanatic on Jun 15, 2017 13:08:37 GMT
It used to be a species of the greatest rarity; nowadays since so much collecting is done in Peru, populations have been discovered in the past 10 years or so. I see males offered regularly (if only one here and there), but the first female was only discovered a few years ago and is still an extreme rarity; I've seen 2 or 3 for sale. It's quite strikingly different from the male; larger and much rounder, looking more like a Prepona.